While visiting New Orleans, guests often find themselves in the Uptown neighborhood. Whether riding the St. Charles Streetcar, checking out Audubon Park or strolling the Mississippi, there is always plenty to do. When activities are on the menu, often food is as well, by default.
Eating lunch in Uptown can be a challenge, because there is simply a figurative million places you could go. This list below highlights the best places, serving up unique offerings like specialty sausages, pizzas, sandwiches and ethnic food. Grab a guacamole covered crawfish dog at Dat Dog, or a pimento cheese burger at Truburger.
Most of these places are counter-order type joints, so you can grab your food quick, eat it at your leisure and get on to your next activity. Also, full bars exist at the majority, so if your next activity is day drinking, you may not have to go far.
Planning day trips around an Uptown lunch is not a totally bad idea. Uptown is where the famous Oak Street is, the Tulane/Loyola campuses and the aforementioned Audubon Park. Check out the below list to see what tickles your fancy. Decide on the food venue first, then plan your daily activities around that choice.
Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar
Cooter Brown's is without a doubt the place to go for sports in Uptown New Orleans, and could be the number one spot for those who like to get a little rowdy when watching their team play.
This venue has a front and back bar, a handful of large projection screens and copious televisions to make viewing possible from every nook and cranny of the establishment. In the middle of the bar is picnic style seating for eating (the food is top notch here), drinking and viewing. The pool tables are covered up with hard tops to make more seating available on game days. Their beer list may be the most comprehensive of any bar on this list, with beer from over 15 countries (check their website for the complete list). (504-866-9104)
Fresco Cafe and Pizzeria
When you're in the mood for good times and great cuisine, be sure to checkout Fresco Cafe and Pizzeria. The restaurant is located in one of the area's most pleasant settings and is known for its delightful staff and superb cuisine.The menu at Fresco Cafe and Pizzeria features a wide array of great selections, made from only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, with something sure to please every member of your group. Fresco Cafe and Pizzeria has established itself as one of the area's favorite culinary destinations and is sure to offer you a pleasant and unique dining experience every time you visit.Please stop in soon! (5048626363)
The Camellia Grill
The Camellia Grill on South Carrollton in Uptown New Orleans is the perfect place for a late night snack to cure the cravings natural or imbibing induced. One of the secrets of this grill/diner is their amazing milk shakes. Camellia fills cups up to the brim with rich shakes in a variety of flavors using real ice cream. Sit up at the counter and enjoy one of these or any of their other scrumptious dessert options, many of which are homemade. Besides sweets, Camellia Grill has excellent omelettes and burgers at affordable prices. The friendly staff adds the perfect touch to complete the experience. ((504) 309-2679)
Tartine is tucked away in the Black Pearl section of Uptown by Audubon Park. It is a French cafe, serving breakfast and lunch. Patrons rave about the tastes, presentation and service of this New Orleans hidden gem. Breakfast, is served French style, light, with coffee, pastries, fruit and favorites such as "Baked Eggs in Brioche". For lunch, try the tartines on baguettes. The restaurant offers a neat concept for dinners. Though they don't serve in-house, you can check their website for the "Plat du Jour" (dish of the day). For a fixed price, they will craft up dinner plates for you to pick up and enjoy back at your residence. ((504) 866-4860)
Try the stuffed grape leaves or the kabobs at Lebanon's Cafe and you will be transported to the Middle East! The falafel and hummus are also not to be missed. Visit Lebanon's on a nice day and you might be rewarded with a street-side table, where you can watch the pedestrians running to catch the street car. If you are a hearty soul, indulge in the Turkish coffee after your meal. All Lebanon's meals are well portioned, and many lunch options can be had for around $5-$7. Be sure to take advantage of their gratuitous BYOB option to really get after that power lunch. (504-862-6200)
Truburger is an Oak Street burger joint located by the Riverbend in Uptown New Orleans. Their beef comes in fresh from Creekstone Farms in Kansas, which they grind in-house. Unlike most post-burger sittings, you don't feel stuffed or like napping after one of these, you feel energized. Most orders here should be paired with the joint's own "Tru" sauce, which is supremely delicious, sort of sweet au jour type of sauce. Besides doing beef patties well, the also dominate milkshakes. Last but not least, $1 PBRs are sold and pair great with any meat order. Stop by Truburger for lunch, dinner or take-out. ((504) 218-5416)
Midway Pizza on Freret Street touts itself as "Uptown's only deepdish", and they are correct about that. As soon as you place your order, the server drops onto your table what can only be described as a steel tire. On this steel tire will rest your scrumptious, carefully topped Chicago-style deepdish pizza. Their pizza menu contains some awfully creative choices such as the "Don Flamenco" (sun dried tomato, prosciutto and Gorgonzola). This is New Orleans, so Midway will also feature a full bar with great local drafts, wine and specialty cocktails. Stop by for lunch, dinner or take-out and prepare to be impressed. (504.322.2815)
Dat Dog is located on the burgeoning Freret Street in Uptown New Orleans. The joint is colorfully clad, features indoor/outdoor dining and a full bar. Their "dogs" are supremely unique. First, pick your meat type: polish sausage, brat, red hot, crawdog, etc. Then, choose toppings, which range from your typical chili and cheese, to the absurd. Often times, live music is played outdoors on the string lighted patio. If not, plenty of televisions are available for sport/event viewing. Unlike a lot of places around town, there is plenty of space at Dot Dog (even at the bar), so feel free to bring your whole posse for lunch/dinner/drinks. (504-899-6883)
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